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The Baseball Show: Second half preview

Jul 18, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT

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With the second half of the 2014 MLB season set to kick off, much of this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ centered around what the Nationals need to do to secure the NL East and make the playoffs.

In this first clip Mark gives his keys to the Nats’ second half, including which players need to step it up to ensure they can outpace the Braves down the stretch.

Check it out here:

This second segment is a discussion about the Nats and Orioles attendance numbers this season, and how both franchises have been able to thrive over the last several years despite playing so close to each other:

  1. kirbs3256 - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Did everyone see this quote from Rendon in the WaPo……

    “I don’t watch baseball,” Rendon said. “It’s too long and boring.”

    As someone where see’s at least 200 games a year….I disagree.

    • natsbro - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Yeah but I mean that’s just his opinion. I could imagine it is boring to watch for him compared to playing it everyday.

      • kirbs3256 - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        No kidding….Cops don’t watch cop shows, fire fighters don’t watch their shows, ect.

      • natsbro - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        Haha yeah exactly!

    • natsbro - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      Now he could’ve answered that question and not have said anything about “baseball being boring”..which may have been better in hindsight (at least I think so)…but he spoke his mind…

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Try playing 200 games a year.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      Matt Williams commented on this in defense of Rendon.

      From the DC Sports Bog:

      “Anthony’s just being funny,” Williams said. “You know, baseball, when you watch it and you play it every day, can get boring. Because, you know, you’re always there in it. And when you step outside of it, it’s not easy to watch for a player.”

      You know what isn’t boring? Bryce Harper taking batting practice.

      Williams called Harper’s BP performance during Thursday’s workout session at Nationals Park “phenomenal.”

      “It’s coming, you guys,” Williams said of Harper, who is 6 for 40 since coming off the disabled list on June 30. “Everybody knows it’s coming. And when it does, pitchers are gonna pay.”

      Scott Allen writes about all things DC Sports Bog.

  2. tcostant - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Need a laugh:

  3. David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 4m
    Source: Nats and top pick Erick Fedde are drawing close to a deal. It will almost certainly get before today’s 5 p.m. deadline.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Surprise! Or not.

      Either way, good news when they get it done.

    • NatsLady - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      So much for Kilgore panicking four days ago…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      As I said several times with Boras and the Draft.

      “Same Modus Operandi, different day”

      Did you really sweat this David? Anything above $2.1 million is too much to turn away. He probably will get $2.5 to $2.8 when the ink dries. If he gets more than that, the pressure got to Rizzo.

      • David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        I was never the least bit concerned and I said as much several times. This is a Rizzo thing, too, I think. Giolito signed 5 mins before deadline and he’s not a Boras client.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        If Giolito also waited until the last minutes, it didn’t matter as that was going to happen also.

        I never sweated Crow. He saw the Nats as a loser team. Big mistake on his part. You can’t force people to play for your team. If Fedde doesn’t want to be a Nat, then the Nats will get a comp pick next year.

        Some of the posts have been ridiculous as some people look for any reason to complain. The one Tweet a few days ago that said it was 50/50 is a laugh.

        The one I want to see is Aiken and Houston!

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Joel Sherman says Braves will DFA Dan Uggla. Not a surprise since they can’t trade him. I bet the Orioles pick him up as a freebie.

    • NatsLady - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      The last straw had to be the one-day suspension for showing up late before a game. He was getting about 1 at-bat a week, which meant they were playing with a 24-man roster, in essence.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        Agreed. Uggla said he didn’t realize the time change but he was the only player who was late so then you have to think he is forcing the point. His money is guaranteed and someone will definitely give him a chance as so many teams have light hitting 2nd baseman.

  5. David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Boras mouthpiece Heyman says Fedde is getting between 2.5 and 2.6M. $2,145,600 was slot.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      “He probably will get $2.5 to $2.8 when the ink dries.”

      I guess I was darn close with my prediction. I think that is extremely generous based on Fedde’s health situation and where he was slated a few months ago even if he was healthy.

      • natinalsgo - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Ghost, are you the Boras mouthpiece? You beat Heyman by 16 minutes.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        Actually I posted this range a few days ago. Within the framework Boras wants incentives.

        On top of that, it is the Nats paying for his rehab instead of Fedde coming out of pocket for that. It’s an overpay but typical that Boras got an extra 1/2 million in the end.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        Suarez won’t be signing.

    • tcostant - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      That is to high IMO, I wouldn’t pay a dime over $2.2M – the guy doesn’t have a lot og other options…

      • David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        It costs nothing but money. Ted Lerner can fork over a couple more hundred grand. It’s not possibly worth losing the pick over, IMO

      • tcostant - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        Not true, $2.8M would surely costs us a draft pick next year.The below is from this link (

        Nationals: Nevada-Las Vegas RHP Erick Fedde (first round, 18th overall), Miami LHP Andrew Suarez (second round), Nevada 1B Austin Byler (ninth round). Fedde was on course to go in the top 10 picks before he blew out his right elbow and required Tommy John surgery this spring. The assigned value at No. 18 is $2,145,600, but another club had offered Fedde $3 million if it could grab him in the second round. As of now, Washington could give Fedde as much as $2,567,785 and not surrender a future first-rounder.

        That max amount will decrease if the Nats have to exceed the pick values for Suarez ($987,800 at No. 57) or Byler ($145,900 at No. 274), or if they are unable to sign either player. Suarez is expected to come to terms, while Byler likely will return for his senior season.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        tcostant, you are correct. David clearly doesn’t understand the intricacies.

        I also agree that Fedde needed to take less but the Nats in the end didn’t want to risk it. He will get 1/2 million over slot and get Rehab’d by the Nats staff and get paid handsomely to do it. Think of the cost involved if you were to rehab on your own.

  6. iconicwoodencap - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    I’ll try to repost in the game thread, but wanted to get some of your (plural) thoughts. I’ve been really moved by the death of Jean Segura’s infant son. He’s returning to baseball tonight at Nats Park. I’m going to the game and really, really want to give him a standing ovation for acknowledgement and support. I hope it catches on. Some things are bigger than baseball….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      +1, hope the fanbase is aware of what Segura has endured. Good gesture on your part.

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    “tcostant – Jul 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM
    Suarez is expected to come to terms”

    I’m hearing he’s not as I posted above. This is the pick that will be interesting as he can return to college for 1 more season and improve his draft status.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Miami coaching staff confirming his instagram that Andrew Suarez, #Nats 2nd-rounder, will be returning to @CanesBaseball for senior season.”

  8. David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Suarez not signing could create issues because you lose his pool money

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    “Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko
    Just talked to Jordan Zimmermann. Says he played catch yesterday & felt good. Will throw a ‘pen soon & is on track to start Tues at Colorado”

  10. David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Hurricanes Baseball ‏@CanesBaseball 41m
    Welcome (BACK) To The U, Andy Suarez! The lefthander and second-round pick will be pitching at Mark Light Field in 2015! #Omaha

    That’s a problem

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Unless that’s a great negotiating ploy, it’s not good but certainly not the end of the world. Understandable that Suarez could be a mid-1st rounder next year and he’s betting on himself. These things either go real wrong or real right. He can’t stay the same. Keep in mind Suarez had shoulder surgery 2 years ago and the teams he dominated were Maine and Bethune-Cookman. His 2.95 ERA is good for a big time College but I think Rizzo knows what he’s doing and didn’t want to go crazy over slot with the question marks.

      • David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        You lose his pool money. That’s the big issue.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        Well yah! Glad you get it now.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        “David Proctor – Jul 18, 2014 at 3:22 PM
        It costs nothing but money. Ted Lerner can fork over a couple more hundred grand. It’s not possibly worth losing the pick over, IMO”

        Like I said, glad you get it now.

      • David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        I always got it, but I was working under the assumption of Suarez being signed since Kilgore said in the same article about Fedde being close that Suarez was expected to be signed. Forgive me for not predicting the future.

      • Section 222 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        Get a room you guys. This is a silly dispute.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    “Jim Callis ‏@jimcallisMLB
    If @Nationals don’t sign Suarez or Byler, max they can give Fedde w/o losing a 1st-rder is $2,511,100. @MLBDraft”



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